04 April 2017 Current Affairs: The UK passport could turn dark blue again after Brexit under a £490m contract to redesign and produce a new version of the document.
The passport is routinely redesigned every five years and Eurosceptics view the new contract as a way to ditch the EU burgundy cover in favour of a return to the colour of the past.
The current contract expires in 2019, the year the UK is set to leave the European Union after Theresa May began the formal two-year withdrawal process.
Colour of Passports around the world:- Passports around the world are either red, green or blue and black in colour.
Blue: Countries whose passports are blue in colour are believed to belong to the so-called 'new-world' league of nations. These nations include India, North America, South America, Australia among others.
Red: Considered to be the colour of the communist movement worldwide, red generally belongs to countries that have had a communist history or are still under its influence. China, Serbia, Latvia among others are examples.
Green: Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan etc tend to opt for different hues of green--a colour Islam associates with Prophet Muhammad. Shades of green are also used by West African countries like Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, where the colour "indicates that they belong to ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States)"
Black: Black is the rarest passport colour used. One of the prominent nations that have black passports is New Zealand that chooses to be in sync with its national colour. Other nations that also have black passport are African countries like Zambia, Angola etc.